10 business tech predictions for 2015

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As 2014 comes to a close, just about everybody is making their predictions for what the new year will hold. Some are continuations of trends we’ve already seen and some are brand new and sure to cause headaches. 

Symantec, PC Magazine and others have been prognosticating what the year ahead holds for cybersecurity, mobile devices and more. Some predictions are bound to be spot-on, others are more shots in the dark.

But one thing’s for sure: In the coming year, these tech trends will be sure to be on your radar.

The top 10

  1. Sony’s just the beginning. When hackers see a successful attack, the pressure is on to one-up and mimic the damage done. With a treasure trove of data revealed (from valuable personal information to emails and salary information that was good for a laugh), similar attempts will be made on other high-profile companies or government organizations in an attempt to shame them or gain notoriety.
  2. The Internet of Things will continue to be troublesome. It’s not going out on much of a limb to say that with every company rushing to put sensors in just about every device imaginable, there’s little hope that they will collectively take a step back to focus on security. Watch for unsecured cameras, HVAC systems and other devices to continue to be fertile ground for hackers, with some security-conscious companies offering less vulnerable devices – at a premium cost.
  3. Docker will gain serious traction. The tech world is already buzzing about Docker, which promises to fit more apps on existing hardware (in some cases, five times more). That alone will be enough to continue its meteoric rise in IT circles.
  4. Ransomware won’t stop. Government agencies successfully shut down Cryptolocker earlier this year, but the victory is bound to be short-lived. It was hugely profitable and relatively foolproof – so smart scammers aren’t likely to move on to a new tactic until this one has been run into the ground.
  5. Passwords won’t die, but alternatives will gain traction. The death of passwords is still a long way off. But companies are working to replace these outdated and frankly weak security measures with less vulnerable systems (and with mixed results).
  6. DDoS will continue to be a headache. Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are nearly impossible to stop and extremely effective at giving companies and other organizations a very bad day. Especially dangerous: Threats of a DDoS can be used as ransomware themselves.
  7. Major mobile OS weaknesses will be discovered. Several vulnerabilities in SSL and other long-standing tools have been discovered recently – many of which had been dormant or unpublicized for a decade or more. Mobile OSs might be just about due for another rude awakening, putting huge numbers of devices at risk.
  8. Celeb hacking will prevail again. Users have probably all but forgotten about the hacking attack in which several celebrities’ personal information and photos were taken. It’s only a matter of time before it’s pushed to the forefront again, calling mobile security into question.
  9. Windows 10 will be a disappointment … and a godsend. Depending on what organizations want out of an operating system, Windows 10 will either be a major victory or a big letdown. For companies that are looking to put the debacle of Windows 8 behind them, the more user-friendly operating system will be most welcome. But growing pains and early glitches are going to cause a fair share of frustration as well.
  10. “Cloud” and “BYOD” will be in pretty much every headline. This is a given. Every year.

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